Borough of Milltown, NJ
Middlesex County
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Editor's Note: Prior ordinances which included water regulations are the 1984 Code, Chapter 185 and Ord. No. 690.
[Ord. No. 727 § 1; Ord. No. 13-1381 § 9]
As used in this chapter:
AGENT
Shall mean any duly authorized representative of the owner.
MAIN OR MAINS
Shall mean all pipes other than service connections conveying water to or distributing water from the Borough of Milltown water supply.
OCCUPANT
Shall mean any person, persons, corporation, partnership or association, or anyone other than the owner thereof occupying or in possession of property or premises which is or can be supplied with water service.
OWNER
Shall mean any person or persons, corporation, partnership or association owning, or claiming to own, or any mortgagee in possession of any property or premises which is or can be supplied with water service.
PRIVATE MAIN
Shall mean a main running through private property or in a private street to serve more than one home or other buildings or properties.
SERVICE CONNECTIONS OR SERVICE PIPE OR SERVICE LINE CONNECTIONS
Shall mean a pipe or pipes connected to a main and extending thence to privately owned property or premises for supplying water service thereto.
SUPERINTENDENT
Shall mean the Director of Public Works and may also be construed to include the Supervisor of Public Works, Assistant Director of Public Works or acting director thereof.
[Ord. No. 727 § 3; Ord. No. 11-1341 § 1; Ord. No. 13-1373]
The Borough will tap the main up to and including a one-inch tap. All taps larger than one inch shall be made by the applicant at the applicant's expense. In the case of major subdivisions, where the water-line is being furnished by the developer, the main may be tapped by employees of the developer. All taps made by other than the Borough will be inspected by a representative of the Water Department.
[Ord. No. 727 § 3; Ord. No. 11-1341]
a. 
Installation and Maintenance. The service connection from the main to the meter must be installed and maintained by the owner; it shall consist of type K copper tubing from the main to the curb box and any Uniform Construction Code approved material from the curb box to the meter and shall be laid 3 1/2 feet to four feet below the surface, or below the acceptable definition of the frost line as used in the enforcement of the Borough Building Code.
b. 
Minimum Diameter. The minimum inside diameter of a service connection shall be 3/4 of an inch; nor shall such diameter be less than that of the tap controlling it.
c. 
Surface Connection. The surface connection shall be run as far as practicable at right angles to the main and in a straight line to the meter and there shall be no attachment thereon from which water can be drawn between the meter and the main.
d. 
Curb Box. The curb box shall be in sight on a level with the ground service and free from obstruction at all times.
[Ord. No. 727 § 3]
The owner must repair any damage to a curb box within seven days of service of notice by the Superintendent and in the event of his failure to do so, the Borough may make the necessary repairs, charging the costs thereof to the owner to be collected as other charges, except where the damage was the direct result of the negligence of the Borough.
[Ord. No. 727 § 3]
When tests made by the Borough indicate a leak in a service connection, notice to repair same within seven days will be served upon the owner. If the notice is not complied with, the Borough may shut off the tap controlling the service connection, or in the alternative may make any necessary repairs and charge the costs thereof to the owner, to be collected as other charges.
[Ord. No. 727 § 3]
All plumbing and other work from the main to the meter is subject to the inspection and approval of the Borough and all such work shall be inspected and approved before the pipes are covered and the water supply furnished.
[Ord. No. 727 § 4]
Applications for water supply must be made on the forms furnished by the Borough for such purpose. The application must be made by the owner of the premises or property of his authorized agent and shall state to whom the bill for water rates and charges shall be rendered (either owner or agent). The application shall specify the purpose for which the water is to be used, the type and character of building, and when used for construction or other special purposes, it must be so stated on the application. There shall be submitted with the application any fees necessary to be paid in advance by this chapter. Persons desiring a one inch tap to be made on a specified day shall make application therefor at least two days prior to the date. Persons desiring installation of a tap larger than one inch on a specified day shall make application therefor at least 10 days prior to the date. The Department will not, however, guarantee to any applicant that any tap will be made on a specified date, but will reasonably attempt to do so.
[Ord. No. 727 § 4]
No application for water supply or services to premises against which there is an outstanding, undisputed, delinquent account will be accepted.
[Ord. No. 727 § 4]
All applications for installation of, change in, or replacement of service connections shall be made in writing by the owner or his agent and shall, if a new tap on the main is necessary, be accompanied by the payment of the required tap fee in accordance with Section 25-4, Rates and Charges.
[Ord. No. 727 § 4]
When a tap has been made for a new service connection, curb stops shall be closed and shall not be opened unless a meter has just been set and installed or unless the owner or authorized agent applies for construction water and has paid the appropriate fees.
[Ord. No. 727 § 5; Ord. No. 840; Ord. No. 872; Ord. No. 906; Ord. No. 969; Ord. No. 1048; Ord. No. 01-1096; Ord. No. 06-1224; Ord. No. 09-1288; Ord. No. 10-1299; Ord. No. 10-1309; Ord. No. 11-1324; amended 4-17-2017 by Ord. No. 17-1446; 4-9-2018 by Ord. No. 18-1459]
a. 
The rates for water sold to users in the Borough of Milltown shall, for users of such water, be as follows:
Consumption Charges
Quarterly
Minimum quarterly amount
$61.30 (0 to 7,500 gallons)
Consumption Charges
Gallons Used in Quarter
Rates Per Thousand Gallons
Amount of Gallons Used
All gallonage
$10.98 per 1,000 gallons
7,501 to 15,000
(If consumption exceeds 7,500 gallons)
$13.76 per 1,000 gallons
15,001 to 22,500 gallons
$16.54 per 1,000 gallons
Over 22,500 gallons
b. 
The rates shall take effect with the April 1, 2018, consumption.
c. 
Late Payments. If bills rendered are not paid within 28 days of the billing date, the bills shall draw the same interest from the time they become due as taxes upon real estate in the Borough and shall have the same remedies for the collection thereof with interest, cost and penalties as it had by law for collection of taxes upon real estate. In the event there is a stopped meter or the Borough is unable to get a reading, the customer shall receive an estimated bill.
d. 
Final Meter Readings. Each and every individual, business or corporation who closes an existing account with the Utilities Department for water service shall be charged a final reading fee of $25.
[Ord. No. 727 § 5]
a. 
The schedule of charges for curb connections shall be as follows:
Tap Fees
Price
5/8 and 3/4
$1,500
1 and 1 1/4
1,500
1 1/2
1,500
2
1,500
3
1,500
4
1,500
5
1,500
6
1,500
8
1,500
b. 
The schedule of charges for meters shall be as follows:
For all meters the charge for the meter shall be computed on the basis of the cost of the meter plus a 35% surcharge. In addition an installation and inspection charge of $50 shall also apply and be included in the cost.
[Ord. No. 727 § 6]
An applicant may install the water main at his own expense in accordance with plans submitted in triplicate for approval by the Borough Engineer and under the direction of the Borough Water Superintendent. The main and appurtenances will be located and be sized to agree with the master plan for the Water System and provide for the completion of loops where necessary. The extension will be carried from the existing water main to at least the center line of the tract of the owner. Inasmuch as valves and boxes are part of the operations control of the water system, where extensions are for a minor subdivision or an individual, the Borough may furnish the valve which will be installed by the applicant. In the case of short extensions, the Borough may make the necessary pressure and leakage tests and assume the cost of the chlorination and bacteriological analysis. In a major development, all the above functions are to be performed at the cost and expense of the developer.
[Ord. No. 727 § 7]
a. 
The Borough may discontinue the service of water for any of the following reasons:
1. 
Violations by any owner or occupant of any of the provisions of this chapter or any ordinances of the Borough relative to the use and sale of water.
2. 
For tampering with any service connections pipe or line, meter, curb stop or any other appliance belonging to the Borough.
3. 
For the refusal of reasonable access to property for the purpose of inspection or for reading meters.
4. 
For the failure to maintain in good condition any branch connection therefrom, any service pipe or service connection.
b. 
A service charge of $20 will be made for turning on the water supply where it has been found necessary to discontinue service of water by reason of the infraction of any regulation of this chapter or where water has been turned off at the owner's request.
c. 
No voluntary discontinuance of service will be effective unless the owner or occupant gives at least two days' written notice thereof to the Borough.
[Ord. No. 727 § 8]
When a house is constructed on a public street within 250 feet of a public water main in the street, the owner will be required to extend the main, and only one meter for tap will be permitted.
[Ord. No. 727 § 8]
In apartment buildings, separate meters on a common service line will be permitted, but the owner will pay the same for the second and for each succeeding meter.
[Ord. No. 727 § 8]
Water must not be allowed to run to waste to prevent freezing in the service pipes or their attachments, or for any other purposes, except when taken through a meter, and must not be used for any other purposes than those indicated in the application and permit for same.
[Ord. No. 727 § 8]
A meter will be required in every house or building supplied with water from the mains.
[Ord. No. 727 § 8]
The stop at the curb shall not be used or tampered with other than by an authorized agent of the Water Division.
[Ord. No. 727 § 8]
No consumer shall supply water to any other person or family or suffer them to take it except for use on his own premises, and for the purposes specified in the application, nor shall be, after water is introduced into any building or upon any premises, make any changes affecting the water supply without a written permit from the Superintendent of the Water Division stating the particular changes to be made and purposes for which the water is to be used.
[Ord. No. 727 § 8]
Owners of houses that become vacant must give notice in writing of such vacancy at the office of the Water Department so that the water may be turned off. If the water is left on during the vacancy, the customary rent will be charged. No deduction in water rent will be made for an unexpired quarter, nor will any deduction be made if the owner fails to report the vacancy as above stated.
[Ord. No. 727 § 8]
Any consumer wishing to discontinue the use of water supplied from the mains must give two days' notice thereof in writing at the office of the Water Department.
[Ord. No. 727 § 8]
All persons are prohibited from opening or in any way interfering with any fire plug or hydrant for any purpose whatever except under the direction of the Superintendent or his agent. The Chiefs of the various volunteer fire companies, assistant officers and members of the department are authorized to use the hydrants and plugs for the purpose of extinguishing fire or cleaning their engines and hoses or department materials, or making trials of the hose or department, but all such uses shall be under the direction and supervision of the respective Chief or his assistants, and in no event shall an inexperienced or incompetent person be permitted to manipulate or control in any way any hydrant, plug or other fixture.
[Ord. No. 727 § 8]
If standpipes, sprinkler systems, or other devices used or to be used solely for the suppression of fires are designed and maintained as independent and separate systems which are capable of use only for suppression of fire, no charge shall be made for water used in such standpipes or other systems. Any owner desiring to install or maintain any standpipe, sprinkler system or other device for the suppression of fire shall make application to the Water Department which application shall show the existing or proposed independent system. If the system meets all requirements of the Water Department, the application shall be approved by the Superintendent. Such approved systems shall at all times be subject to inspection by the Superintendent or his authorized agents. No person shall make any connection to any such approved independent system, or suffer or permit the making of any tap or connection whereby water may be drawn from such system for use other than purposes of fire suppression and testing of system. No alteration in or extensions to any approved system shall be made without first notifying the Superintendent.
[Ord. No. 727 § 8]
Street openings for purpose of installing or repairing water lines must be made in accordance with all applicable Borough ordinances.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: For Street Openings, see Chapter 23, Section 23-1, Streets and Sidewalks.
[Ord. No. 727 § 8]
No person shall attach, alter or extend any water pipe or make any alterations in any tap stop or other fixture nor do any work calculated to increase the facilities for using water, nor turn on or off the connection to the main or at the curb without first having the consent of the Superintendent.
[Ord. No. 727 § 8]
No person shall prevent or hinder any Borough employees from making inspections at any reasonable time of all service connections, meters, taps and fixtures.
[Ord. No. 727 § 8]
No person, other than employees of the Borough shall break or remove any seal placed upon any meter by the Borough or its agents or employees, nor shall any person tamper with, deface or attempt to alter any meter. The owner shall be responsible for all meter repairs occasioned by other than ordinary wear, and the cost of repairs becoming necessary by reason of the negligent or willful conduct of the owner or any other person except an agent of the Borough shall, if remaining unpaid for more than 30 days after billing become a lien on the owner's property and shall be collected as other charges.
[Ord. No. 727 § 8]
No person shall keep or store any explosives, acids or other substance likely to injure or damage the water supply system within 50 feet of any of the mains or appurtenances of the water supply or distribution system without first obtaining a permit from the Superintendent.
[Ord. No. 727 § 8]
No person shall tap or connect any water main or insert a stopcock therein except duly authorized employees of the Borough or as authorized by the Director of Public Works.
[Ord. No. 727 § 8]
No person, except a Borough employee or other authorized person, shall open or close any valve in the public main or tamper or interfere with any valve or valve box cover.
[Ord. No. 727 § 8]
No person shall use a service connection to supply premises or property other than that particularly described in the application hereinabove provided.
[Ord. No. 727 § 8]
An owner may request that his meter be removed and tested in order to determine its accuracy. If tests indicate that the meter is recording in excess of 10%, on a full flow, the owner shall be entitled to an adjustment in his last quarterly bill on the basis of the percentage in excess of 102%, and no charge shall be made for the test. If the test indicates the meter is recording less than 102% on a full flow, no adjustment in the owner's bill shall be made, and the owner shall be charged $20 for making the test. No adjustments shall be made in any owner's bill because of leaks or for any other reason except as hereinabove set forth.
[Ord. No. 727 § 8]
When the distance from the curb stop to the house or building to be serviced is less than 50 feet and the pipe is one inch or less in diameter, no joints shall be permitted. No sweat joints shall be permitted between the main and the meter and only flared and I.P.S. brass joints shall be allowed.
[Ord. No. 727 § 8]
No water service pipes, or any underground water pipes, shall be run or laid in the same trench with a sewer service or drainage piping, unless:
a. 
The bottom of the water service pipe, at all joints, is at least 12 inches above the top of the adjacent sewer line or drainage piping.
b. 
The water service pipe shall be placed on a firm foundation at one side of the common ditch.
c. 
The materials and joints of the building drain and building sewer shall be installed in such manner and shall possess the necessary strength and durability to prevent the escape of solids, liquids and gases therefrom under all known adverse conditions, such as corrosion, strains due to temperature changes, settlement vibrations and superimposed loads, and
d. 
Building sewers installed in the same trench with the water service pipe are constructed of durable materials which are corrosive-restraint and are installed so as to remain watertight and rustproof. Only cast iron pipe with watertight caulked and leaded joints, or other equivalent approved by the Superintendent, shall be acceptable for this construction.
[Ord. No. 727 § 8; Ord. No. 872 § 3]
a. 
All water meters shall be installed so that they may be read from the outside of the building. A two-part meter shall be installed in which the dial system is located on the outside of the building and is easily accessible for reading excluding commercial buildings.
b. 
All new water meters installed in the Borough and all replacements of existing meters shall be outside reading meters. The Borough shall also cause the replacement of all existing inside reading meters with meters of the outside reading type pursuant to a schedule to be determined by the Department of Public Works. The owner of the premises, wherein any meter that is so replaced, shall have the option to pay the cost of such replacement meter in a lump sum or in four equal quarterly payments.
[Ord. No. 727 § 9]
If for any reason whatever the Superintendent deems it necessary to conserve or restrict the use of water, he shall so inform the Borough Council. Upon approval of the Borough Council, the Superintendent shall then promulgate such restrictions on the use of water as to them may seem necessary or advisable. Notice of such restrictions shall be given by publication in the official newspaper of the Borough of at least once, and by such other method as the Superintendent may deem necessary.
[Ord. No. 727 § 10]
No owner shall install, use or operate any air conditioning unit or units which require the use of Borough water in the system unless the system is so constructed that the water can be circulated. Any person who hereafter wishes to install, use or maintain an air conditioning system which requires the use of Borough water in the system must, prior to the installation or use thereof, file an application including a diagram of the installation with the Superintendent. If the application meets all requirements of the Department, the Superintendent may issue a permit.
[Ord. No. 727 § 11]
Cross connections between the public water supply, and any other water supply must include an approved double check valve installation approved by the State Department of Health in accordance with applicable statutes. No cross connections shall be put in use without the prior approval of the State Department of Health and, further, shall be subject to semi-annual inspection by the Plumbing Inspector and the Health Officer.
[Ord. No. 727 § 12]
All connections to the water system shall be installed in accordance with the Plumbing Code of the Borough and the applicable local and State regulations regarding water supply. However, employees of the Water Division of the Department of Public Works shall be empowered to make such taps, installations and correction in the water system as may be necessary to correct operation of the public water system of the Borough.